Biography/Memoir

…opioid settlement funds… Oregon communities

Approximately five Oregonians die every week from an opioid overdose. Currently, funds from the settlements will be divided amongst local governments and the state, with the latter receiving a smaller portion at 45%. This wasn’t always the case. The state originally intended to keep 85% to have more centralized control, but Lane and other counties…

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Biography/Memoir

Sacklers… hear from opioid victims live…

On Thursday [3/10/2022], speakers are likely to make “unbelievably searing, difficult” statements, Marshall Huebner, an attorney for Purdue, said in a related hearing the day before. The court-appointed mediator requested that no member of the Sackler family be allowed to respond to comments made by victims during the hearing. It’s slated to begin at 10…

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Science

Synthetic opioids stronger than fentanyl have cropped up in US

A group of synthetic opioids called nitazenes, even more powerful than fentanyl in some of its forms, has begun to emerge… Forensic experts have found that the syringes used in some overdoses contain a potent synthetic opioid class – nitazenes – which is up to 20 times more powerful than fentanyl – a drug that…

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Biography/Memoir

Oregon… opioid settlements

The agreement – and the prior bankruptcy plan – also does not release the Sackler family from potential future criminal liability, said Oregon’s Department of Justice… It also requires the Sackler family to make a statement of regret and allow museums and other institutions to remove the Sackler name from buildings and scholarships. “Purdue Pharma’s…

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Biography/Memoir

…deal… opioid lawsuits

The distributors and Johnson & Johnson released statements… noting… not an admission of wrongdoing and that they strongly dispute the allegations. McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen – and drug maker Johnson & Johnson announced [2/25/22] that they had… Original Article (New York Times & Stop the Drug War):J&J and drug distributors settle opioid lawsuits &…

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Biography/Memoir

No… settlement… opioid claims… [and Sackler family]

[The Department of Justice is fighting to strip the billionaire Sackler family of the sweeping legal immunity… according to Forbes, the Sackler family made $12 billion to $13 billion in profit from OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma – much more than what was previously known, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing court records.] [Attorney General…

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Biography/Memoir

…open criminal investigation into Sackler family members

…urging the Department of Justice to open an investigation into whether members of the Sackler family personally engaged in criminal conduct in connection with Purdue Pharma’s role in the opioid epidemic. The Sacklers owned Purdue, which manufactured the powerful opioid OxyContin. The drug is widely seen as one of the spurs of an opioid epidemic…

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…senators to urge DOJ to investigate Sackler family members for role in fueling opioid epidemic

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (OR), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Edward J. Markey (MA), Maggie Hassan (NH), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Joe Manchin (WV) in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate… …whether members of the Sackler family personally engaged in criminal conduct in connection with Purdue Pharma’s admitted criminal wrongdoing in…

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Biography/Memoir

…judge extends Sacklers’ U.S. litigation shield…

Members of the Sackler family have denied the allegations. Purdue’s bankruptcy judge has paused litigation against members of the Sackler family since 2019… If the Sacklers’ legal protection were allowed to expire, the family and Purdue would be swept up in a “a firestorm of uncoordinated litigation” [says Purdue Attorney]… Attorney Joe Rice, who represents…

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